Howdy, I joined this forum because I have been looking for an observation hive for my house. I found a post from Stuartmc that had a great observation hive that I am planning to use as the basis for my attempt. I am not totally new to bee keeping. My parents kept bees when I was a kid. They got out of the bee business about 20 years ago and my mothers comment was "it's going to be kind of expensive to get into it, we sold all the equipment..." I told her I didn't need an extractor because I would just crush and strain, and I would use top bar hives that I can make out of scrap wood for next to nothing. I also have about 100 pounds of wax that they still have that I am going to filter and sell to get the bees to start with.